The 13th Amendment

Americans don’t need to ask what they can do for their country because they don’t owe their government anything. How could Americans possibly owe anything to a government that robs them of their income and wealth, fines and imprisons them for committing victimless crimes, spies on them, regulates every area of their lives, and violates their natural rights and civil liberties?

Governments that force their citizens to take up arms against the citizens of other countries do so for one reason: they are engaging in unjust and immoral wars. Waging war in the actual defense of ones country, home, property, and family does not require conscription. If a foreign army landed on the east or west coast of the United States, the government wouldn’t have to conscript a single American to repel a threat or invasion. Americans would flock to the coasts, and use their own guns and ammo.

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Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

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The Thirteenth Amendment was passed by the Senate in April of 1864 and by the House in January of 1865. It was ratified by the necessary number of states in December of 1865.

Although the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, it does not apply to the U.S. government.

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The United States declared war on Germany in April of 1917 and declared war on Austria-Hungary in December of 1917. The Selective Service Act of 1917 (enacted in May of 1917) required all males aged 21 to 30 to register with the government in case they were “needed” for military service. The age range was expanded in 1918 to all men aged 18 to 45. Almost three million American men were conscripted into the military by the U.S. government during World War I; that is, they were forced to destroy, maim, and kill for the U.S. government in an unjust foreign war that the United States had no business getting involved in.

In the Selective Draft Law Cases (1918), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that military conscription did not amount to involuntary servitude. Said the Court’s unanimous decision:

Compelled military service is neither repugnant to a free government nor in conflict with the constitutional guaranties of individual liberty. Indeed, it may not be doubted that the very conception of a just government and its duty to the citizen includes the duty of the citizen to render military service in case of need, and the right of the government to compel it.

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The draft ended in 1920 only to be revived again during World War II. Although conscription officially ended in 1973, the U.S. government could re-institute it. The Selective Service System (SSS) is the government agency tasked with registering “every male citizen of the United States, and every other male person residing in the United States” who is between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six.”

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According to the report, the commission is considering ways to implement universal service, such as:

  • Commit enough resources so that any American with a desire can perform service;
  • Establish a norm for every American to devote at least a full year to either military, national, or public service; and
  • Require all Americans to serve, with a choice in how to satisfy the requirement.

With respect to the Selective Service System, the commission is considering options that could:

  • Expand the registration requirement for the Selective Service System to include women;
  • Identify individuals who possess critical skills the nation might need;
  • Call for volunteers during times of emergency using the existing system; and
  • Incorporate reasonable changes to identify, evaluate, and protect those who object to military service, but are otherwise willing to serve.

A final report will be issued by March 2020. It will include “policy recommendations and legislative proposals regarding the military selective service process and ways to increase participation in military, national, and public service.”

The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service should be called the Slavery Commission. Requiring Americans to perform public service or serve in the military is akin to slavery no matter what the Supreme Court says. Forcing someone to work in a particular occupation—even if you pay him—is wrong, even when the government does it.

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Americans don’t need to ask what they can do for their country because they don’t owe their government anything. How could Americans possibly owe anything to a government that robs them of their income and wealth, fines and imprisons them for committing victimless crimes, spies on them, regulates every area of their lives, and violates their natural rights and civil liberties?

Governments that force their citizens to take up arms against the citizens of other countries do so for one reason: they are engaging in unjust and immoral wars. Waging war in the actual defense of ones country, home, property, and family does not require conscription. If a foreign army landed on the east or west coast of the United States, the government wouldn’t have to conscript a single American to repel a threat or invasion. Americans would flock to the coasts, and use their own guns and ammo.

Conscription and national service are things that all patriotic Americans should abhor because, as former congressman Ron Paul has well said: “A government that is willing to enslave some of its people can never be trusted to protect the liberties of its own citizens.”

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2 Responses to The 13th Amendment

  1. Reblogged this on Land & Livestock International, Inc. and commented:

    Conscription is slavery. — jtl, 419

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  2. Martin Smith says:

    There is A LOT that puts ‘them’ on one side and the vast majority of us on another:

    Wearing plain clothing and beginning the ‘query’ by shooting the family dog before shooting down the 50-year-old couple, is the sanctioned act of a home invader; THREE counts of murder!!

    Judges, lawyers and cop-shops getting in bed with the drug dealers and the prostitutes in order to run the droid brothels out of town, mainly because the ‘johns’ disappeared off the street nearly overnight, which caused a dramatic drop in drug-shop and cat-shop sales, which then also threatened cop-shop and court-shop job security. Big cities are war zones due to such arrangements.

    Murdering babies and selling off the parts is the act of cold blooded serial killers.

    Accepting recruits who openly engage in immoral behavior is to support and sustain such behavior. ‘their’ acting surprised when good recruits from good families quit joining up defies all logic and sanity.

    Turning public schools into crime academies and propaganda camps is child abuse to put it mildly, and by any measure of decency.

    Most good people choose to support and sustain good things, good institutions and good situations. The above items are completely adversarial to anything that can be defined as being good.

    Conscription is against one’s will. Conscription is coercion and clearly meets the 13th Amendment wording for slavery.

    Conscription to support and sustain behaviors listed above is completely adversarial, shear lunacy and gets TWO middle fingers at the same time.

    Conscription to support and sustain good actions and behaviors is inherently more palatable.

    There are situations where there ain’t no such thing as a non-combatant.

    If the wagons are circled, it means the enemy has certainly conscripted you. Conscript em back while you can.

    In 1948 there were refugee ships taking fire before they could even tie up to the pier. One scenario may have had a man you’ve never seen before, hand you some kind of weapon while he’s taping cardboard to your shoulder and drawing a blue star on it. ‘You’re ‘IN’, bub. Your first trip to the range is to go whip five armies’…and they did.

    Boy-howdy, that is one squared away outfit. Bonaparte is right about that 3 to 1 moral to material rule, except the IDF found a multiplier somewhere. 9 million people keep whipping ten times that.

    The IDF has conscription.

    There are boo-coo ways of avoiding conscription and/or getting around it, so there is conscription and there isn’t.

    The choice is ultimately a simple one for Israel. Come shoot them or wait and get shot by them.

    One is definitely a girly-man if one doesn’t join up.

    Females are not exempt. Their girls get to shoot! They’re pretty too.

    Enlisted get treated like human beings.

    The IDF teaches the soldiers to fight, because there’s no time to waste on patty-cake stupid BS.

    They get to do hand to hand in their regular physical training (PT), which for practical applications makes much more sense than both shuffle-jogging in circles and continual push-ups to the point of origin.

    You get to be in God’s Army. You get to be in King David’s Army. You get to win. You’re going to win. You get to defend places like Bethlehem and Nazareth. It’s a much better and more exciting sell than what the left-wing goose-stepper baby murderers are peddling in the states.

    The bottom line is freedom isn’t free. Israel gets a daily test. Sitting on their donkey isn’t an option. The yellow-bellies who won’t pitch in don’t need to live there.

    Here in the states, refusing to serve and support serial rapists, serial murderers and serial thieves, definitely puts us on the same side.

    Won’t it be great to have a debate about conscription when it’s with regards to something that is actually worth defending???

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